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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free File Comparison Utility vazhavandan

I too used DiffMerge and it is ultra cool

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Disable Internet Explorer vazhavandan

Many softwares like media players use IE internally and they may get affected right?

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Move the My Documents Folder Anonymous

hi im azzy

im trying to do a file moving thing, you propably wont know it but its called football manager 2008. Im trying to upload a skin on fm08, it sez the document has to be in a C:\ documents folder but when i go on my documents it says D:\documents and settings...... instead of C:\documents and settings......!

why is this how do i change D:\ to C:\

thanks it would really really help if you showed me how to do this.
Please e-mail me this answer to azzys_h3re@hotmail.co.uk or vapour_twist@hotmail.com.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Techsupportalert.com has just been moved: Expect a few problems Anonymous

Phew! I thought that this site was no more. I was just one here last night browsing through it.
Well I am glad to see that it is in fact not gone, but only changed :) I personally rely on some of the
information that i read here. keep up the superduper work!

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free PIM Anonymous

Check out open sourceSpicebird, only on Beta at present, but looks and works amazing as a full-on Outlook replacement: http://www.spicebird.com/

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Hide a Windows Folder Anonymous

Thanks alot man

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility Anonymous

I'm fine with DSynchronize v2.30.1 by Dimio http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/ It(s certainly not the best web designer. But his soft is very nice & easy

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Thank you for the hint. I've donwloaded it and I'll use it in order to see what this "monster" can do!

Bye

ADDED: May 26
I've used since today the application, but I think I'll not include it. It is a incredible application with really tons of features, but I think it is too much sophisticated and sometimes unstable (I got program termination a lot of times)

Thank you anyway for the hint

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Video Editing Program Anonymous

Great program indeed. The reason it doesn't support some file formats (mpeg-2, asf, mp4 and some others) is that it tries hard to not break any copyright laws (these formats are copyrighted/trademarked). There are some old versions of the program floating around, if you can find them, that can read (not sure about write) mpeg-2 and asf. All in all, the best video encoding/editing tool I've used!

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Video Editing Program Anonymous

Jashaka - is powerfull tool, but very specific.
http://jahshaka.org/

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Technical Support Sites Anonymous

Another really good site is www.pcpitstop.com. It has a bunch of scans and tests and provides good advice on how to fix your PC or speed it up. They have a test called OverDrive....it looks at a bunch o f stuff on your pc.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility Anonymous

What about Tree Comp?

http://www.xs4all.nl/~lploeger/TreeComp3.htm

Excellent interface, works across network. Extremely easy to use.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Disk De-fragmenter Anonymous

I'm surprised that Speeditup Free is not mentioned. It will defrag in the background while you're doing other things. It is able to defrag only and not use the other options. I have checked through Windows built-in disc analyzer before and after and it works wonderfully. And yes, all files including files in use are defragged.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Portable Applications Anonymous

I think that this list would be found by more users if each of the category entries was changed to include the word "portable" in the label. For example, "Best Anti-Virus" would be shown as "Best Portable Anti-Virus."

I've done many Google searches over the years using expressions like: "anti-virus" best portable. Although "portable" does show up on this page, and should cause the page to be picked up, it will occur much further down in the results list than it would if the terms were written together in the label.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Anonymous

Seconded.
XNview's decoder plugins are also less sloppy than Irfanview's (for example, you can notice some animated GIFs that fail to render properly in IrfanView and ACDsee render correctly in XNview. Same with pics with alpha transparency). With much more features availalble for XNview even in the core install package (such as direct uploading to imageshack, ftp, pngout, etc...), it would only make sense to recommend XNview as the most capable and least troublesome free image viewer, especially given its browser window (much nicerlooking and navigable for the average Computer Joe) and the availability of a media files detector (*very* nice for picture importing).

Cheers.
Hard Core Rikki

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Text Editors solar_CN

I'm really surprised that scite is not mentioned here.
most of the editor listed here are based on scintilla,and i think scite as the best of them.
some may not like scite since it has no build in gui configure tools -- only properties files.
but with this scite config tool,it is no more a problem.
and also ,the options file is more highly configurable for some of us.
here to get it
http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Firewall Protection Anonymous

yeah i couldnt agree more with the one comment,,iv tried all the ones listed here ,and then some..and online armor is the best so far overall!only thing its missing is the web sheild and mail sheild in the free version but i have other programs to handle that, like avast 4.8 and terminator,,so as far as firewall goes you can't go wrong with online armor thats for sure,,,4.7 out of 5.0 stars!!!
sources:
IT,over 18 years exp,

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Video Editing Program Anonymous

Indeed, there is at leat one version of VD that can read (but not write) mpeg2

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Video Editing Program Anonymous

The original Virtualdub filter pack is from the following site.
The full list of filters available (128) can be found at the second link.

http://www.thedeemon.com/VDFilterPack/
http://www.thedeemon.com/VirtualDubFilters/

Cheers.
Hard Core Rikki

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Video Editing Program Anonymous

VirtualdubMod. It has been inactive for a LOT of time though, so its highly outdated now. Using DGindex or AviSynth would allow *realtime* mpeg-2 decoding without a problem though (whereas VDubMod's way required the whole file to be prepared for read). Link to the latest VirtualDubMod in link.

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=65889

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Video Editing Program Anonymous

Latest download from the CVS repository. Brings a couple significant fixes.
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=65889&package_id=6...

Cheers.
Hard Core Rikki

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6 years 11 weeks ago How You Can Contribute to This Site Anonymous

Thanks Gizmo for your new web site's style.

Hamzeh Ghanbari Nehbandani

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6 years 11 weeks ago How You Can Contribute to This Site Anonymous

As a supporter, i thank all of you for your work. Gizmo, you are currently (since Fred Langa retired) my only monthly newsletter source, and i value what you say. This new site is awesome. Thanks again.
Dave I.

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6 years 11 weeks ago How You Can Contribute to This Site Anonymous

I love the new website. Your idea for this website is awesome and I hope that it continues for a long time. This is exactly what I need for my computer problems.

Thanks,
Chris

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Portable Applications Anonymous

A few thoughts:

I'd put Irfanview in category 20 not 21 -- it can do some image tweaking and file conversion, but it's not really designed to be an editor, I'd have said.

Does ArsClip count as a clipboard replacement, or just a manager? It's working well for me, anyway, completely portably, and I'd suggest it for the relevant category.

Zip-managers: IZArc I'd not recommend. It's okay for normal stuff, but 7Zip (and 7Zip Portable) will handle things that choke IZArc, in my experience.

No category seems to fit another favourite of mine: TrueCrypt. Particularly useful to me is the fact I can cart an encrypted drive around with me and open it under Linux as well as Windows -- although, naturally, the Linux machine needs local installation.

It might be a PortableApps component (I haven't double-checked) but DosBox Portable works very well too. Okay, so it's more useful for carrying old games around than doing USEFUL things...

PStart is a better and more configurable portable menu app, so I use and recommend that.

I found SumatraPDF Portable at PortableApps.com and use it in preference to FoxIT -- it's more stripped down but really fast -- to the extent that I will even use it in preference to Acrobat on my own PCs.

A recent discovery is a freeform database, useful (to me!) as a portable knowledgebase. Neomem, at www.NeoMem.org. Free and can be run portably.

The WinPenPack's good -- mentioned elsewhere -- and comes in handy occasionally, but there's an awful lot there that's not very useful, and one day I'm just going to extract the useful bits and delete everything else...

There's a useful hex editor at http://www.mh-nexus.de called HXD, runs completely portably, occasionally a lifesaver...

Finally, two portable apps that are (in my view!) worth paying for: RoboForm and Directory Opus (www.gpsoft.com.au) The former, you all know about anyway. The latter... I don't think you can buy a plain portable licence for it, but you can add a portable licence to the desktop one. Sorry, but it makes all other file managers look a bit second-rate...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free File Encryption Utility Anonymous

An nice file encryption utility that I've been using for a while is Androsa FileProtector (http://www.androsasoft.net/). Amongst good encryption algorythms ( AES - 256 bit / 192 bit / 128 bit, TripleDES 192 bit, DES 64 bit), you can also encrypt a file as a self-decrypting .exe. And you can install it as a portable app as well. Check it out!

~FB

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Work With Audio CD .CDA Files Anonymous

Ah, very informative. Thank you, Gizmo!

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Disable Internet Explorer Anonymous

When I disabled Internet Explorer I was no longer able to log on to MSN Messenger.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free System Information Utility Anonymous

Just a few notes about Spiceworks. Not only is it a network inventory tool (and a great one at that), but it also has a *fabulous* helpdesk ticketing system. For the user, it authenticates using your networks Active Directory credentials using an easy-to-use helpdesk web portal. Updates are automatically sent to the user (unless you as the techie specify otherwise).

It is advertising driven, but the ads are mostly off to one side and non intrusive. If you wish you can pay $10 a month (or $110 / year) for an ad-free experience.

Way too many feature to describe here, but if you are looking for a network inventory / helpdesk tool, Spiceworks is a *great* way to go.

posted by Keith Richmond, the Canadian Tech Guy.
http://canadiantechguy.blogspot.com

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Anonymous

I find it curious that you have not included Superantispyware. On a friends severely infected computer, Superantispyware was the only program that removed all the truly nasty programs, and outperformed A-squared, AVG antispyware, Spybot search and destroy, Microscopic Defender, and Adaware. Superantispyware did leave some traces that the other programs found, but traces are generally harmless. Superantispyware was the only program that truly resolved the infections!

Another great program for cleaning infected systems (when used in conjunction with other on demand scanners) is Rogue Remover. Its specialty is removing phony anti-spyware applications.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free PIM Anonymous

EssentialPIM has a free portable version.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free HTML Editor Anonymous

PSPAd info could be enhanced.. for even more extra points ;)

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Disable Internet Explorer Anonymous

Hi -- the block is not just on MSN Messenger, but on chat programs that allow MSN connections as well, such as Trillian. So it's good this is easily reversible, since many people I chat to persist in using MSN, poor unenlightened s*ds. But it was nice to kick IE in the wotsits while it lasted!
PS One day I hope to be in a position to get a username and then all will know that I'm not hiding, even though anonimity can be a warm blanket at times.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Video Editing Program kevin

Hi,

I'm aware of Jahshaka, and there are several other freeware video editors out there, including Wax, t@b, and Avid xpress. We will be working on adding them later.

Thanks for your input.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Time Correction Utility Anonymous

SymmTime not only does time sync but also has world clocks - it rocks! http://www.ntp-systems.com/symmtime.asp

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" rdolivaw

I just have to say. Just prior to the Hardy RC I installed Mint and Ubuntu on the same box. I installed Mint first and had nothing but problems. The box was a couple year old dell and so most of the hardware is support by most linux distros. Mint wouldn't even install fully. I had to get an older version. Once it did install I found it lacking in features like 'connect to nework share' and I found a lot that wouldn't work. I wiped the drive and went to ubuntu, which installed the first time through, and I haven't much that it can't do that it's competition can.

The big problem is that people are looking for home desktops, not business desktops. If you are looking for a Home Desktop distro that won't cause you any trouble then maybe you should try gOS. Google has designed it to be easy to use for linux beginners.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software Anonymous

CDBurnerXP is a great software, full-featured, great clean look, but...
My experience with CDBurnerXP was not so fortunate. In the instalation process I saw a reference to associating the program with .dxp and .axp files. Don`t really know what they are. All went ok until I tryied to open an .dxp project file made with Droppix Label Maker, just to see what happens. Well... an error screen appeared with no info at all and the program won`t start. I tryied to reinstall the software, reinstall .NET Framework, clean up all registry reference, manually remove all files scatered trough the system, but no luck. Same error appeares and the program still don`t start. My last option is a Windows reinstall, but I don`t want to get to such a drastic measure. Hopefully, with some bug fixes, it will run again, but even the error reporting feature don`t work.
Does anyone have some kind of ideea about what happened here ?

Thanks,
Ovidiu Zeicu
Romania

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Hide a Windows Folder Anonymous

Quick Question -

I'm not sure how to explain this, so bear with me...

When you open Windows Explorer, there are the two sides: on the left there is the list of folders and whatever folder you're opening it shows the path to it, and on the right there is the contents of that folder. Through your instructions, I'm able to hide my folder from sight on the right side, but it still shows on the left side and one can easily access it just by double clicking on that visible left-side folder. Is there an easy way to fix this, or would I need to go to a more professional method of hiding folders.

Thanks

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free PDF Writer Software Anonymous

I have used the PDF Redirect, which is excellent, and allows you put multiple PDFs together, and great encryption, and loads more.

You can pay a small amount to get higher levels of encryption, and loads more features.

Here is a link:-

Comparison features between free and paid version.
http://www.exp-systems.com/PDFreDirect/Features.htm?2

Download.com page with reviews.
http://www.download.com/PDF-ReDirect/3000-6675_4-10255233.html?tag=lst-1...

:-)
Nice Site

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Anonymous

A relative newcomer but meriting consideration is Photobie. http://www.photobie.com/ There ae two versions, both free: Photobie and Design Studio. Design Studio is more advanced, containing elements normally included only in the Pro version of other photo editing software.

Increasing the value of this software is the very active forum http://www.photobie.com/club/forum/index.php and the help provided by users and the program's developers. Ask a question about how to accomplish something with either version and you will get a quick response.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free NFO Viewer Anonymous

Get Diz Always works for me.

http://www.pcmicro.com/getdiz/

http://www.download.com/GetDiz/3000-2347_4-10036789.html?tag=lst-1&cdlPi...

:-)

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6 years 11 weeks ago How You Can Contribute to This Site Anonymous

i own both a PC and a Mac. have become a total Mac fanatic. sadly enough have to date not found a site which offers what you do for PCs. will Mac freeware be included in your oh so grand achievement?
that would certainly be the dot on the i :-)

Thanks a bunch

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6 years 11 weeks ago Free Legal Information on the Web Anonymous

There's also http://www.laweasy.com/

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

I couldn't agree more with this review and Briard's comments. Linux has something special to offer, there is no doubt about that but it will never achieve anything substantial while remaining so fragmented in it's approach.
There is something special in almost every distro but each also comes complete with it's own faults/issues. Not until the publishers finally sit down together and produce one mighty distro garnered from the best of the best that just works out of the box will Linux attain any significant market impact.
cheers....JIMBO

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anonymous

Not the same anonymous guy from above but I was just passing by and know the program. ;-)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx?PHPSESSID=...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Hard Drive Eraser Anonymous

I used BC wipe for years and have played now with many others. The one issue that bugs me, is most don't include a free space wiping tool or if they do it works poorly. Just shredding a folder is not always enough. Far to much gets just deleted and then left to be found later. Many years ago Norton had in its optimizer the ability to wipe free space. That was a nice tool they did away with. So if I can help here let me know.

johndarts@gmail.com

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

Well summarised article. I have been using Ubuntu since 5.04 and sadly I agree that overall this has been a step backwards. There are some improvements but some major ones that just keep lingering. My list of complaints include:
1. The awful brown "human" theme, which appears to be largely disliked.
2. Mounted shares are named as the volume size, not the mounted point (a known bug apparently but one which is deemed to-low priority to fix)
3. Constant request for authorisation

On the plus side, browsing windows shares is easier

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Folder Hiding Utility Anonymous

You can lock and hide the file, but the file and contents are visible to the old DOS program, MSDOS Executive. My LockBox needs encryption to be useful.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

I am a long time Windows user, back to Win98. I have never understood Linux, and when I tried to learn I was viciously 'flamed' in a so called 'newbie' forum by hardcore Linux fans. At first, they tried to help me but when I kept asking questions to clarify some of the responses they gave, they because angry and abusive. This was over 3 years ago.

I was so amazed at the attitudes of these people that I just gave up trying to learn any 'flavor' of Linux.

Then I started to hear rumblings of a so called user friendly Linux 'distro' called Ubuntu. I watched it on and off over the last 2 years, and almost took the plunge with the Gusty Gibbon build. But again I felt intimidated at the complex requirements to get everything running.

Then last month this new build, Hardy Heron, was released. What appealed to me is the WUBI option. It actually worked like it said it would, and I was actually running Linux after years of thinking about it - all the way back to 2000.

I liked the crisp look of the desktop, and I felt good. I started to check out the included content, etc.

Then it all went downhill. I knew I had to install items that on Windows are standard features, like audio and video codecs. I was ok with that, until the user friendly feeling of Hardy Heron vanished.

I won't go into details on the next couple of hours, but I will say that even with all of the documentation on their site, I still felt the need to have it explained, so I went to you guessed it - the 'newbie' forum.

Visions of Linux fanboys 6 years ago attacking me simply because I wanted to learn the OS came flooding back. But I convinced myself that won't happen here, since they even have a official code of respect or something like that that does not allow that to go on.

Yea right.

First, it seems that hardcore Linux fans troll that forum for kicks, waiting for newbies to ask stuff and then bash them. They are not as direct as they were years ago, they are trying to be clever with their attacks and put downs. They said stuff like this in response to one of my posts:

" Oh, you installed it using WUBI? I don't think it would be worth the time to try to explain what you asked about. Sorry."

And

" Installing it via WUBI ( rhymes with NEWBIE) is not the way to learn Linux"

and the most amazing response was this, the one that made me realize that the fanboys have not changed no matter how Ubuntu's makers try to sugar coat it:

" By default, I DO NOT help people with Hardy if they installed it on a tainted disk that contains anything from Redmond. "

Amazing, huh?

What I have seen for years is the sad fact that Linux fanboys/fangirls work hard to get into the 'club', learning the lingo, etc.
They feel that once they have in a sense been 'made' that it's then open season on all newbies, since they feel they 'earned' the right to abuse people. The reason this culture does not go away is that ALL of the people to various levels feel this way in the Linux community. I know that is a broad statement, but I am convinced after all of these years.

The loser in the long run will be any distro that claims to be 'user friendly' or 'aimed at the desktop'.

Unless they can get it to the point of being easy to use as Windows, and retain the hardcore roots - the Linux 'good ol'e boys' club will be in full effect.

Even after all of this, I intend to try it again. In 2012. ( Trust me, I am serious! It took me 8 years to try Linux, from 2000-2008. )

- Mike

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Instant Messaging Client Anonymous

Couple comments here,

Didsby is a massive resource hog. I have seen it hit 100MB of RAM. It also has a huge foot print. It installed at 60+MB on my machine.

Miranda is the lightest of all the IM apps mentioned but it is a night mare to configure. Just open the options panel and it is over whelming. Getting help to use it can be difficult because the Miranda Wiki crashed again losing all data so they have to start all over again. This isn't the first time either.

I have settled on Pidgin. I find it does everything I want and is very easy to configure. Slightly bigger resource usage than Miranda but nothing to turn me of of it. Much easier to set up to.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anonymous

The url you posted refer to the Process Monitor by Sysinternals (now Microsoft Sysinternals). That Process Monitor is not included because the function referred by this category is better suited for Process Explorer, even this by Sysinternals.

Bye

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Vector Graphics Editor Anonymous

Do these work with VIsta???

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free TCP Settings Tweaker unsteadyken

TCPOptimizer worked very well for me. For about 3 weeks my WiFi connection had been getting slower, down to 1Mbs and getting socket errors and time outs on web sites and news server. Downloaded, 1 run and reboot and back up to 54Mbs no errors and much improved connection speeds and network response.
Highly recommended, I'm a very happy bunny, thanks for yet another good tip Gizmo.
Ken.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free TCP Settings Tweaker Anonymous

Did a number (10) of speedtests. Ran TCP Optimizer, rebooted, cleared cache and ran the same speedtests again. No noticeable difference.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

I like 4, but I didn't recognize the thumb up image. I thought it was some kind of kritter.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest bfish

I also like 4 and agree that I thought it was some kind of animal. I think it has to do with the angle of the hand to the thumb being unnatural.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Firewall Protection Anonymous

This is one of the few freeware security sections that is led by a guy who at least knows what is out there (not surprising if this is the kat i'm thinking of).

The rest of the best "freeware" security are listing outdated, dead apps that people have long moved away from...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Anonymous

As mentioned, the lack of listing of Super antispyware clearly shows this is an outdated list, particularly since Super has being around for a while already and is not even really a new comer.. Another rising star is MBAM anti-malware. The exclusion of this one is more excusable since it is quite new but still any one who even follows such matters in the slighest will know of the reputation and quality of MBAM.....

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

I also like number five.
Number four is my second choice but the thumb has to go or change some how.

Here is a acronym for ya!
Get It Zero Money Off Site
GIZMOS site.

Like the new wiki style of the site.

Jammer1957@rogers.com

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Text Editors Anonymous

For me PSPad Editor is working very well as a developer both in my workplace and home. Previously, I mostly worked in JEdit together with its impressive contingents of plugins. But launching from command line, PSPad is faster at least in Windows and this keeps me stayed with it. But, in terms of regular expressions search, imho, I found it JEdit works better as far as multi-lines replacement goes. But, here again the lightness and user-friendliness argument goes again in favor for PSPad in terms of single-line search and replace goes.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Duplicate File Remover Anonymous

doublekiller is another contender worthy of mention.
http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

I like #3

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Firewall Protection Anonymous

What do you think of OUTPOST Firewall Free?
http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpostfree/index.php

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6 years 11 weeks ago Free Legal Information on the Web Anonymous

How does one find a good criminal attorney in a hurry?

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Very good, thanx!!!

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Very good, thanx!!!

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

Hi Briard,

I would have called that review a crucifixion except that it went too fast. I use a Vector distro (old hardware) which is quite good, Ubuntu 7 is not bad but so heavy on old hardware.
Sorry they missed the boat. Very good to have a straightforward viewpoint with no wrapping.

Laurent

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free PC Cleaner Anonymous

I have heard that CCLEANER only cleans the user folder that you are logged into. Can any confirm whether this is the case?

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

Good review. I installed it under the WUBI option and then spent 3 days getting wireless working. Not a single site was helpful and I finally got it going by pure luck. I removed it and attached a hard line to the network. I them reinstalled and low and behold it didn’t work. I then uninstalled it and tried again with no luck. Well my mother always said the third time was a charm so I uninstalled and reinstalled. Mom was right and the thing connected to the wireless without any problem. What did I do different? Beats me? I just installed and reinstalled until it worked. In my opinion LINUX, even one as simple to install as Unbuntu is just not ready for primetime and the average user that walks into a BestBuy and picks out the prettiest computer.
Jon

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Anonymous

Ad-Aware is dismissed as still being an old utility, when it was revamped less than a year ago. Seems like the review isn't current and doesn't even say why AAW is "no longer up to the task." Evidently still judging the old AAW program and not the new one. Being a non-techie, I would rather have a real expert's opinion than just some guy's opinion who could be anyone.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software Anonymous

I just downloaded and tried CDBurnerXP version 4.0.024 and my first attempt to use it found an unacceptable problem.

I attempted to create a music CD and CDBurnerXP told me that the music took more time than the CD could hold.

I successfully burned the same .mp3 files to the same CD using another application.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free PC Cleaner jason

Yes. It's a default restriction Windows places on accessing other users profiles/folders. To clear out files or registry settings specific to another user profile, you need to be logged in as that user before running one of the file cleaners (such as CCleaner). If the user running CCleaner does have the permissions to delete from another user folder - there is a settings page in CCleaner to include/exclude folders/files from the cleaning process. (NB. Cleanup! has an option to clean for all users - but is still restricted by user permissions when running)

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Firewall Protection Anonymous

Post in Comodo's forum, I am sure they want to know about these things... they need feedback to improve.
I am using it on 2 computers, plus my cousin's computer, and I have not had any problem (well, I had a lot of annoying warning messages the first days, because I didnt read the tips to avoid that problem).

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

I'm pretty sure #5 might run into copyright issues with Nintendo's Gamecube...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Remote Access Software Anonymous

TeamViewer is another very nice freeware for home use. One nice feature, it allows for file transfer.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

Nice to read this article. I've been playing with the idea of trying Ubuntu for a couple of years, and the Wubi thing finally persuaded me, since I know nothing about partitioning and don't want to wreck my computer by doing stupid things. So I installed the Wubi version. I just learned to find my way around Firefox 2, so I could fumble my way around the new version. But that command line crap - yikes! I know how to browse and email and do a bit of downloading/installing on Windows, but have no idea what to even look for in Ubuntu, never mind how to go about it. All the help files I found had stuff in there I'd never heard of before. I stuck it out for 2 days, then uninstalled. 'User-friendly' my ass!

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Anonymous

I have not had the opportunity to compare MBAM to superantispyware, though I use both as on demand scanners. It seems that the number or nasties that MWAM detects is growing, but it appears to be far less than superantispyware (although I do not know for sure). Anyhow, I use Comodo firewall w/HIPS (free), Comodo Boclean Antimalware (free), and Kaspersky Antivirus (paid) to protect my desktop system and every attack on my system was prevented. I use A-squared, superantispyware, and occasionally MBAM as on demand scanners. Everybody says it is best to layer protection, and I slathered the layers on THICK.

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

great

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Move the My Documents Folder Anonymous

You can take this one-step further and relocate your DESKTOP folder as a subfolder of your My Documents folder where it should be. This gives you quick simultaneous search capability of your MyDocs and Desktop at the same time. I don't know any quick utility for relocating your Desktop folder location. I just tweaked my system registry instead. Make sure you do it correctly though. Then you'll have to manually move your Desktop files.

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Disable Internet Explorer Anonymous

By default, some programs use internet explorer settings to connect to Internet. You should uncheck this option with the softwares you've mentionned.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

I like 4, but agree that the thumb's up image isn't immediatly discernable as a thumbs up...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

4 is good.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Migrating to Mozilla Firefox Anonymous

Those who want to copy table from FireFox and paste to Excel, most of the times, it concatenate all content into one cell in Excel. This is only problem I am facing with FireFox...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

Tried WUBI, it wouldn't run on my laptop. (thinkpad tablet PC, x41). Ran away screaming....

It's so dissapointing to see the promise unfullfilled....

Maybe I'll try PCLinux.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

It helps to have a thick skin. Good points tho'. snobs don't advance causes as well as helpful folks...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

*heh*

I appreciate your concerns, but apart from the ugly fonts issue, since I didn't want the 3D eye candy, none of the issues you found so daunting have been problems on any of the Hardy installs I've done. All slick as goose grease and cruising away within minutes, whether bare metal installs, partitioning a Windows system or using Wubi. Heck, a Wubi install on my wife's Toshiba Satellite gave me no woes over her wireless "card"--just slicked it on in.

Guess I've just been lucky or something.

Of course, since I never use Firefox at all, I didn't get the nanny-nanny-boo-boo about the beta thing (Opera just works, and even installing the 9.5 beta was a snap in Hardy).

Still, for an "Aunt Tilly" friendly OS, I prefer PC-BSD 1.5. Smoothest installs of any OS I've used. Easily configured. Workable right out of the box, as it were. Easiest WINE install I've done, etc. Media? It just works. Web and email? Easy-peasy.

But for all the grousing in this article, I still don't see the big killers Briard does. Or at least, in the installs I've done I haven't seen 'em (apart from the "ugly font" issue). Different strokes, I guess.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

3 looks great... The thumb should be a bit larger though...


4 is my second choice, but would look better with a larger thumb...

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer Anonymous

try pictomio... good photo organiser.. free.. good looking also....!!

http://www.pictomio.com

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest peter

How about 4 without the thumb?

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Search Toolbar Anonymous

http://www.groowe.com/
Toolbar which includes multiple search engines. Also allows browsing of search engine directories.
for ie and also firefox

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

Hi Briard , a great article and all so true ....I tried Ubuntu and it just wasn't as easy to install as they claim . In the end I just gave up and installed Linux Mint ...(at that point it was the final try) it is very good still not perfect ...needs a little more explanation , but it booted up and works fine ...dual booted with xp no trouble at all .

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program Anonymous

You may also like to try out my own creation, Bax It!, which is available for download here:

Bax It! 3.0

(or you can just read a bit more about it first)

Oh, and it's free of course (and there is no catch either).

If you find you do like using it then you might also like to know that it can be upgraded (pay for) to a Cloning edition.

My aim is to provide simple, easy, no gimmick software. I wrote this program for my own use but after using it for nearly two years and improving it all the time I now have something well worth sharing and offering to anyone who wants it.

It's for Windows (especially XP).

Thank you. And thank you to the author of this site for allowing me to post this here.

Paul Coughlin

(SaneThinking.com)

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Instant Messaging Client manoj91

yea, digsby took 72mb on my hard disk and 54mb on my ram.
it takes 15 secs just to finish it's startups and signing in.
but i still like digsby.
my aol on digsby keeps getting disconnected
i sign into every account digsby support.

http://manoj91.blogspot.com/

 

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Outliner Anonymous

I think this page is missing a great utility called Wikidpad. I used to use Zulupad, and anyone who likes Zulupad will LOVE Wikidpad. This is a full wiki in personal form. It's still being developed, and has several add-ins. I was thinking of using a a regular wiki to organize my notes, but Wikidpad is not internet dependent and is therefore faster. The new version also can have multiple tabs open at the same time. There's also an ability to export into html. In my opinion, this is the best note-taking/outlining utility around.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

There are definitely problems with Hardy Heron being used by someone without any Linux experience at all. I have had limited experience with Linux and the last time I tried it was a few years ago. I installed Hardy Heron on my main desktop using WUBI since my Lexmark x1185 is not easily made to work with Linux. My other computer I went ahead and wiped XP Pro SP2 and just replaced it with Hardy. It is definitely better than the last time I installed Linux which I believe was one Redhat version or another. Overall it's not that bad. This machine is 633Mhz with 256MB of ram so I'm totally not turning on any of the eye candy since this computer might actually burst into flame!

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Acronis True Image vs Symantec Ghost peter

Superb review. Completely outstanding.

Peter

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6 years 11 weeks ago Review: Ubuntu 8.04 - "Hardy Heron" Anonymous

Easiest distros for noobs (in my experience) in order:

1. Mepis
2. PCLinuxOS
3. Linux Mint

I've used all 3. Mepis has excellent hardware recognition and some easy to use set up features, but is ultlimately a bit basic. Fine for a no-frills windows replacement. PCLinuxOS is also very good for hardware recognition and has a more comprehensive set of tools to do almost anything with your system you could want. However, after over a year using PCLinuxOS I have returned to Linux Mint. Although it takes a little more configuration on my hardware (I'm blessed with several 'problem' components such as the Broadcom bcm4318 chipset) it isn't too hard for those willing to search their forum. The system can be made to look better and is naturally more efficient and stable.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Logo Contest Anonymous

I think the 1st one is great. It's simple, and it might contain a lot of meanings. And it will not be difficult to be remembered.

Remember: SIMPLE MAKES PERFECT

nafz001@gmail.com (IND)

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6 years 11 weeks ago How You Can Contribute to This Site Anonymous

It would be nice if there mac related articles/software/tips etc.

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Anonymous

On a system running XP SP2 I had BSOD problems with Spyware Doctor. Uninstalling stopped the problem. I'm now running the freeware version of AVG antispyware, but I'd rather have something that actively protects.

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